The Yoga of Breath: A Pranayama Workshop
Live On Line with Richard Rosen
April 24-25, 2021, 2-4pm (PST)
For a thousand years, up until the beginning of the 20th century, the central practice of Hatha Yoga was breathing, that is, pranayama. This Sanskrit word is often rendered into English as “breath control,” but this is a bit misleading. It’s important to remember that our breath has its own innate intelligence and that we should, when engaging in any breath-related practice, respect and pay close attention to that intelligence. Any attempt to “control” the breath, especially when that control is running counter to the designs of the breath, will often backfire with unhappy consequences to a greater or lesser degree.
This workshop will introduce participants to the basic essentials of modern pranayama. It will focus on the two major breaths, Conqueror (ujjayi) and Against-the-Grain (viloma), but will include other traditional breaths such as Bee (brahmari) and preparatory practices like Skull Brightener (kapalabhati) and Channel Purification (nadi shodhana). It will also include a mini-workshop on the most important asana for beginning pranayama, Corpse Pose (or shavasana).
All students welcome.
RICHARD ROSEN began his yoga study in 1980, graduated from the teacher training program at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco in 1983. He’s written five books on yoga, two of them on pranayama, The Yoga of Breath and Pranayama: Beyond the Fundamentals.
Members: $80 for both classes
Saturday only: $50
Following the workshop, you'll receive a link to the recording (good for 15 days) so you can practice as many times as you want!
Space is limited! Pre-registration required.